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Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) Share Price Target Raise As Convertible Debt Strategy Announced

Analyst Team trader
Updated 13 Mar 2024

In a strategic move capitalizing on the burgeoning digital assets market, Coinbase Global Inc. has unveiled plans to raise $1 billion through a convertible note offering. This method mirrors the financial tactics used by MicroStrategy's CEO, Michael Saylor, and it showcases the growing trend of companies in the cryptocurrency space diversifying their financial strategies to drive expansion without significantly diluting existing shareholder value.

The announcement reveals that the offering will involve “negotiated capped call transactions” specifically structured to mitigate the potential dilution impact upon conversion of the notes. By utilizing this type of financial instrument, Coinbase aims to strengthen its balance sheet in a shareholder-friendly manner.


This approach bears resemblance to MicroStrategy's successful fundraising strategy. Through the issuance of convertible notes, MicroStrategy has amassed an impressive 205,000 bitcoins, valued at nearly $15 billion, demonstrating the efficacy of this financial maneuver in accumulating significant cryptocurrency holdings.

The notes slated for issuance by Coinbase are set to be convertible into common shares by the year 2030, offering investors a long-term opportunity to participate in the company's anticipated growth. The initiative is in part a response to the desire to bolster capital without issuing traditional stock, which could potentially exert downward pressure on its share price.

In addition to funding its ongoing cryptocurrency operations, the funds raised through this offering may provide Coinbase with the financial ammunition required to explore strategic acquisitions, thereby accelerating its expansion within the digital asset ecosystem.

Fueling investor sentiment, both Raymond James and Goldman Sachs—financial institutions that have expressed bearish outlooks in the past—have revised their positions regarding Coinbase. Their change in sentiment reflects the broader digital asset market rally and underlines the potential that market analysts see in Coinbase's strategy.

Analysts remain split on Coinbase as far as price forecasts go, with the street high target now a lofty $300 after an upgrade from JMP Securities comes through (from a previous mark of $220) with an added Outperform rating on the market. With the current NASDAQ:COIN price at $256, we are waiting to see if there are any further adjustments to come, as the digital asset ecosystem continues to take shape. JMP is estimating some $220 billion will go through Bitcoin ETFs in the next few years. More ETFs equals more market cap anyone, or more of a bubble?

Closing out on the fundraise, it is noted that by opting for convertible debt, Coinbase not only protects its shareholders from immediate dilution but also aligns its fundraising efforts with the innovative and evolving landscape of digital finance.

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